Go Snorkeling Between Continental Plates & Explore The Golden Circle
This is the perfect combination of waterfalls, geothermal springs, and unparalleled landscapes paired with an opportunity to dive into the crystal-clear glacial waters that National Geographic describes as a top diving spot around the world. Here you can descend down into Thingvellir's rift valley that lays between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates and is the birthplace of the world's oldest continuous parliaments.
The road continues to the Geysir Area, where hot springs steam and boil as anticipation builds before the famous Strokkur Geysir erupts to a height of more than 30 meters. The final stop takes you down along a canyon with thunderous roar growing as you approach the magnificent and powerful Gullfoss waterfall.
Join our tour and step aboard one of our new buses, fully equipped with WiFi connected computer tablets for each guest. The tablets provide you with a continuous stream of relevant information along the journey with a GPS synced Audio Guide, available with a choice of 10 languages. Along the tour our local hosts will make your experience comfortable and are happy to answer any questions you might have about our peculiar country. In each seat you will also find a USB outlet to charge any of your devices.
This is one of our all time favourites and a classic Icelandic day tour.
DETAILS ON THE SILFRA SNORKELLING & GOLDEN CIRCLE TOUR
Price & Availability: See booking window on right.
Available all year round (depending on weather)
Age limit: 12 years for snorkelling
Those snorkelling must meet the following requirements:
You will need to bring a medical waiver form filled out and signed. This is absolutely necessary for participation in snorkeling at Silfra. The waiver is provided by Troll Expeditions and can be found here.
You may not participate in Snorkeling if you meet any of the following conditions:
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
This tour is about 10 hours long including travel time and the time you spend at each location. You spend at least 45 minutes at the major stops giving you plenty of time to enjoy the nature and to take some pictures.
Total distance covered: 290 km or 180 mi
The starting point for Reykjavik Sightseeing Tours. Reykjavik Terminal, Skógarhlíð 10, 105 Reykjavik.
• Tours depart from the Reykjavik Terminal located at Skógarhlíð 10. Please be sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure along with a printed or digital copy of your ticket/voucher.
• If you have booked a hotel pickup with Smartbus™, please be at your chosen pickup location 30 minutes before the departure of the tour. Look for the Green Smartbus™ which will be outside your accommodation at within the 30 minutes of pickup.
The first stop along the Gold Circle features a stunning views over the rift valley. A UNESCO heritage site with beautiful geographical features and a rich political history.
Located on the northern shores of Þingvallavatn (Iceland's largest lake), Þingvellir (anglicized as 'thingvellir') is the national pride of Iceland and our first National Park. It is, for one, a key location in Icelandic history as the oldest existing parliament in the world first assembled there in 930 AD. For this reason, Þingvellir has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is, therefore, a protected national park due to its unique geology and natural features. From the viewing area, the Almannagjá canyon between two tectonic plates can be seen, a visual representation of continental drift.
As the first stop along the tour, you will have an opportunity to walk through the park and use the restroom if needed.
The most iconic Iceland natural site, the Geysir hot springs are home to the original erupting geyser.
A favorite stop along the Golden Circle is the highly active Geysir Hot Spring Area with boiling mud pits and the lively Strokkur which spouts water 30 meters (100 ft) into the air every few minutes.The area became active more than 1000 years ago and comprises more than a dozen hot hot spring holes. Although one can only see steam emerging from the surface of Geysir these days, its name was adopted to represent spouting hot springs all over the world.
Along the tour, the newly opened Geysir Center offers guests and travelers a chance to use the restroom and to catch some refreshments as well as lunch.
A powerful and inspiring place. There the glacier water thunders down 32 meters in three steps and into a narrow canyon with an breathtaking roar and grandeur.
As one of the most popular attractions in all of Iceland, Gullfoss is a waterfall located in the canyon of Hvítá river in the southwest of the country. The beautiful Hvítá river rushes southward in three steps into a narrow canyon with a breathtaking roar and grandeur. Furthermore, on clear days the magnificent Langjökull glacier, Iceland's second largest glacier, can be seen in the distance.
Guests and Travelers may use the restroom and purchase food and refreshments at this location as well.
Dive into the crystal-clear waters of the Thingvellir lake that sits between the North American and Eurasian Tectonic plates.
Silfra has been described by the National Geographic as a top diving location around the world. Snorkeling at this location is an experience that people have described as flying because of the extremely clarity of the water which offers visibility up to 120 meters.
You will have about 2.5 hours to enjoy the park and snorkel at Silfra before returning to P2 where you will be picked up to continue along the Golden Circle.
Please show up at our Reykjavik Terminal (located at Skógarhlíð 10) 15 minutes prior to the departure time. Please be ready at your pick up point with your voucher, either in digital or printed form.
Be aware that a medical waiver must be filled out and brought along in order to participate in the snorkeling portion of the tour. The waiver is provided by Troll Expeditions and can be downloaded from their website.
You will be traveling in a coach that holds approximately 40-65 people, but is very spacious and comfortable. There is no bathroom on the bus but there will be plenty of stops where facilities can be used. The bus offers free wifi and USB charging ports.
Lunch is not included, In Geysir & Gullfoss there are shops where you can buy food and drinks.
For the In-Bus-Audio-Guide: Bring your own headphones. Otherwise headphones are available for purchase in every bus from our hosts.
For your comfort: Dress according to weather. In Iceland it is always wise to dress in warm waterproof clothes. Weather changes can be sudden so be prepared for all weather conditions. Waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves, and warm socks/waterproof shoes are recommended.
For Snorkeling: You need to have a filled out medical waiver. In case of any medical history, a doctor may need to also sign off on it. Please see medical form here. The Snorkeling portion is operated by Troll Expeditions.
Full refund if cancelled due to weather. Cancellation fee can be witheld if cancelled with short notice.
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